The recommendations bible of Lennart!

These are my personal tips -based on experience and research- for a great experience in Amsterdam! This resulted in a good list of tips! You can click on the bold text to get to the Google Maps location of the establishment.

All of you good luck in Amsterdam!

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Food / Restaurants
Food / Breakfast / Lunch
Dutch Snacks
Food Markets
Bars
Nightlife
Shopping
coffeeshops no coffee weed
Museum
Parks



Food / Restaurants

Little Saigon
Best Vietnamese rice wraps! Around €10-20
Website

Burgermeester
Best burgers in town, also for vegetarians! Around €10-20
Website 

Wilde zwijnen
Fancy dinner if you really want to give you and your company a treat! Not the cheapest, naturally. Around €30-50
Website

If you want authentic Dutch food you need to visit Moeders. The walls of the restaurant are filled with pictures of costumers mothers!
Website 

Another great restaurant with vegetarian options is de Kas, located in a greenhouse where they grow all their own vegetables.
Website

Great Indonesian food at Blauw or Tempo doeloe. Go for a”rijsttafel” (rice table) to experience the traditional Indonesian cuisine.
Website Blauw
Website Tempo Doeloe 

Breakfast/lunch


For great sandwiches and breakfast go to the Broodbar.
Website 

Blue Amsterdam is good for a 360 view over Amsterdam!

Trust at the Albert Cuyp is a great vegan place were you pay by tip.
Website 

Dutch snacks

For amazing haring and kibbeling (typical Dutch fish treats) visit the stand on the nieuwmarkt square (It’s not there every day though).

Have a “broodje kroket” with mustard (white bun with a croquette filled with ragout) at Van Dobben, the dutchest snack there is.
The kroket also comes in a small balls called “bitterballen” you can buy these at almost every bar or cafe.

Best French fries at Vleminckx Sausmeesters, make sure to get them with mayonnaise or peanut sauce for the most authentic taste. You can also get a ”patatje oorlog” for a combination of mayonnaise and peanut sauce with chopped onion.

(Food) markets


Dappermarkt is really neat. They mainly have food and clothes. Go here for herring, poffertjes, döner kebab, cheese fifteen languages!

There is a big food market on the Albert Cuyp every day except sunday.

Bars

A great 17th century Dutch liqueur distillery is Wynand Fockink, you can make a reservation for a tasting hour for €17,50 including 6 drinks and a tour!
Website 

The Bloemenbar at Spuiplein is open until late, the Poolbar around the same area is aslo a very nice spot.

Nightlife


Paradiso is a beautiful old venue at Leidseplein for concerts as well as dancing.

A great Berlin style EDM venue is de School (usually only in weekends, so check what’s on).
Website 

Disco Dolly is great for cool parties.

Shopping


For nice boutique shops go to the 9 streets or the Haarlemmerstraat in the Jordaan area.

For the expensive big brand fashion shops go to the Pieter Cornelis hooft straat between the Vondelpark and the museum square.

For great secondhand clothes go to the Waterloo square clothes market (Monday through Saturday).

All the ‘standard’ shops (like H&M or Nike/Adidas) can be found at the Kalverstraat and the Nieuwendijk

Coffeeshops (no coffee; Weed)


Great Coffeeshops is DampkringI don’t go to coffeeshops myself but this one has a great ‘atmosphere’.

Museums

If you want to pick one of the main museums I would personally go for the Rijksmuseum. It’s the biggest museum in Amsterdam and they have art of all the great painters from the 17th century.
Website Rijksmusem 

Another cool museum is Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder. It’s a hidden catholic church, right in the middle of the Red Light District!
Website 

Parks/Areas


The VondelparkIt’s in the middel of the city and always nice to visit. Get over here to see me play football!

Great neighbourhood to visit is Oost (east). The Dappermarkt is located there but also the diversity, and cool coffee places! Also, the brewery in a mill!

 

Furthermore: don’t only go to the center. The east, de Pijp and Oud-west have much to offer aswell!